Friday, 22 September 2017

CSM: For animal shelter and the reader enthusiasts

Please help anyway you can:
For more detail, please click on the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/MalaysianDogsDeserveBetter/?ref=br_tf

If you have nothing to do on Saturday, you can drop by Taylor's University and attend their book club's forum:
To attend, please register here:
Event registration

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Amigurumi: Corgi

Hub's colleague had a corgi and he wanted a crochet doll of it. I've finally found the pattern from Googling and it's a scanned copy from a Japanese pattern book. Not an easy feat as it's all in Japanese and the scanned pages were not complete! Anyhow, this is the completed amigurumi which I sure hope he likes it!
Hello Handsome!
What I've used:
  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • a pair of safety eyes
  • safety nose
  • fibrefilling

Monday, 18 September 2017

MPOV: Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3)

My rating: 5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.15/5
Originally published: September 22, 2015
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: young adult, horror fiction, dark fantasy

A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Finally, I have my closure! This trilogy ended on a high! Well written, plots well thought off, what more can I asked for? I've enjoyed it's fast-paced, adventure filled momentum and couldn't wait to finish it off to know the ending... so hooked on and kept me on my toes! I can totally imagined the scenes from Jacob's view... so enthralling!

Anyway, throughout the adventure, I loved the matching vintage photos to the story which made the whole plot more realistic. Also how Jacob has grown with Emma during this rescue mission made the story more endearing. Thankfully Ransom has ended this trilogy with a full closure, knowing how they had fared on moving forward. It's so extra-ordinary and peculiarly with a good ending! My mind is still reeling in from the adventure so kinda hard to put it in words here... peculiar or not, it is an awesome trilogy!

Just some new words I've encountered:
1. Stentorian - (of a person's voice) loud and powerful
2. Winnowing - (of the wind) blow
3. Neophyte - a person who is new to the subject, skill or belief
4. Nepotistic - nepotism
5. Philistines - a member of a non-Semitic people of ancient southern Palestine

My advise - do get all 3 books first so that you could read it at one go. It continues one after another so you won't be left hanging for the next one LOL! I wonder what would be Ransom's next book... if he could emulate Peculiar's success... if it would be another young adult fantasy... I'm just curious LOL!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

MPOV: Restaurant Pho Vietz

My rating: 4/5
Location: LG-33A, Lower Ground Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery
Type: Non-halal

A simple tea break with hubs the other day, trying out something new.
Hot coffee with milk RM7.90
I've enjoyed this thick brew Vietnamese dripped coffee but hub's didn't like it even though his was with ice. He said it's too thick for his liking LOL!
Vietnamese bread RM11.90
Both of us actually enjoyed this bread, scrumptious, tasty and delicious. A very simple palate yet had me asking for more. We've shared this loaf so kinda not enough for me LOL! Loved the mixture of fresh meaty ingredients with some vinaigrette vegetables, truly a lovely combo.

The overall experience was pleasant with a laid back ambience and prompt service. The staff even took the time to explain on the coffee drip. This is a good place for family or friends gathering alike though a little pricey in the pocket. Our total bill was RM30.45 inclusive of 10% service charge... a little over the top just for tea time. But I wouldn't mind coming just for the bread... yummy in my tummy!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

MPOV: Damaged Intimacy (e-ARC)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.5/5
Published: July 29th, 2017
Author: Hanleigh Bradley
Genre: Romance, fiction

Tallulah is a happy, bubbly, excitable girl or at least that's what everyone else thinks. Inside... Inside she's a mess. She's holding it together, but she's got a secret, a secret that she can't tell anyone. A secret that makes her skin crawl and leaves her crying herself to sleep. She tells herself she'll be okay. That she can cope. She can forget about how damaged she is. Then she meets Jarrod, her best friend's boyfriend's best friend and he's everything she's ever wanted except she isn't the girl she used to be and now she doesn't think she deserves what she once wanted.

The above taken from Goodreads. I've received this e-ARC in return for my honest review.

When I've started reading, I realised it's a novella as there's only 50 pages from my copy. Then I realised that it's actually a series as there's no ending as yet. Looks like I would have to keep following until I've reached 'The End'. Hmmm... anyway, the story flips from the male to the female point of view, it's quite seamless and point on. Quite antagonising as the ending was kinda cliff-hanger. Well, the plots were well thought of thus engaging... except for some minor typos. Other than that, a good plot thus far.

So if you wanna read this, just be prepared it's a series :-)

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

MPOV: Arrival

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 8/10
Initial release: September 1, 2016
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Casts: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma
Category: A 2016 American mystery, science fiction film, based on the 1998 short story 'Story of your life' by Ted Chiang


Linguist Louise Banks's daughter Hannah dies in early adulthood from an incurable illness. While Louise lectures at university, extraterrestrial spacecraft appear at twelve locations across Earth. U.S. Army colonel Weber recruits Louise and physicist Ian Donnelly. He takes them to an army camp in Montana near one of the craft to find out why the aliens have come.

Aboard, Louise and Ian make contact with two seven-limbed aliens, whom they call "heptapods"; Ian nicknames them Abbott and Costello. They have a written language of complicated circular symbols. As Louise studies the language, she has visions of herself with Hannah, who asks about her absent father.

When Louise is able to ask why the aliens have come, they answer "offer weapon". Other sites make similar interpretations; China translates "use weapon", prompting them to break off communications, and other nations follow. Louise argues that the symbol interpreted as "weapon" might mean "tool", and that China is using a method of translation that leans toward competition.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This movie started of really slow, nearly lull me to sleep. Though the pace was slow, it eventually peaked and engaged me until the end. Monotonous yet unexpected which differed from the norm. Definitely a movie which requires a full attention from the start to the end. Also make sure to watch when you are fully awake and not lethargic.

What I liked about it is 'no war', just 'languages'. It's earnest intention was unbelievable... the whole movie was peaceful... unlike most movies about aliens where war is the centre of attention. It is an interesting take on the alien species where many may find it uninteresting. 

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